The third round of the NBA playoffs is officially underway and the Golden State Warriors won the first game of their NBA Western Conference Finals series against the Houston Rockets. The Chicago Blackhawks won a triple overtime thriller over the Anaheim Ducks in Game 2 of the Western Conference Finals in the NHL to cap off a tremendous night of sports. Another full slate of MLB action and two Eastern Conference playoff games are on tap for May 20, so let’s make some money.
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Here are the top sports betting trends for May 20:
NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Atlanta Hawks (8:30 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Atlanta using the money line in home games with a total between 195 and 199.5. The Hawks are 16-2 (+13.9 units) this season.
The Cavs and Hawks tip off the Eastern Conference Finals tonight and the Hawks are a small one-point favorite according to the early morning lines. The Hawks have played well in games that have been projected to fall just shy of 200 combined points. Injuries are going to have a big impact on this series and the health of Kyrie Irving probably has a lot to do with this line and also this total. Hawks backers should just grab the money line to avoid the chances of a push or they could wait as the public is playing the Cavs at about a 3-to-2 clip.
Bonus Trend: Play on Cleveland in the first half of games against good offensive teams scoring 99 or more points per game in the second half of the season. The Cavs are 22-8 (+13.2 units) this season.
Bonus Trend 2: Play under in Atlanta home playoff games. The under is 36-12 (+22.8 units) since 1992.
Bonus Trend 3: Play on Atlanta against the spread against a team with a winning record. The Hawks are 28-13 (+13.7 units) this season.
MLB: Cleveland Indians at Chicago White Sox (8:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Chicago using the run line as a home favorite when the run line price is +135 to +160. The White Sox are 4-31 (-24.95 units) over the last three seasons.
That trend is a mouthful, but it has been wildly profitable over the last three seasons. The White Sox are favored in the -125 to -135 range on the money line against Shaun Marcum and the Tribe. Carlos Rodon has had some control problems, but he is left-handed with great stuff. Keep in mind that this is just the White Sox record on the -1.5, not the moneyline.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Cleveland games against teams with a winning record. The over is 15-3. (Note: The White Sox are now 18-18, but the Indians are 21-17 to the over this season)
Bonus Trend 2: Play against Cleveland using the money line in games against division opponents. The Indians are 8-17 (-12.25 units) this season.
NHL: New York Rangers at Tampa Bay Lightning (8:00 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on New York using the money line in road games with a total of 5 or less. The Rangers are 21-8 (+14.7 units) this season.
After dropping Game 2 in ugly fashion, the Rangers are looking to bounce back quickly in Game 3. The Rangers are a small road underdog in this game against a Tampa Bay team that had the best home record in the NHL during the regular season. The Rangers have played a lot of low-scoring road games throughout the postseason and low-scoring games are often games that they win.
Bonus Trend: Play under in Rangers road games in a tied playoff series. The under is 9-0 (+9.4 units) since 1992.
MLB: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros (2:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Oakland using the money line in all games. The A’s are 14-27 (-18.2 units) this season.
The A’s dropped another one on Tuesday night and now face one of Houston’s two aces on Wednesday in Dallas Keuchel. The Astros are a growing favorite in the -160 range against Jesse Hahn. The A’s are really struggling in close games this season and the Astros have beaten up on them throughout the season.
Bonus Trend: Play over in Oakland games. The over is 28-11 (+17.05 units) this season.
MLB: Minnesota Twins at Pittsburgh Pirates (7:05 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play on Minnesota using the money line in all games against a team with a losing record. The Twins are 15-6 (+12.3 units) this season.
The Twins picked up another win, this one as a plus money underdog, on Tuesday night as the offense battered former Twin Francisco Liriano. The Twins are one of the hottest teams in baseball right now and they have done a great job beating up on losing competition. They are an underdog once again on Wednesday as Mike Pelfrey takes on Jeff Locke.
MLB: Texas Rangers at Boston Red Sox (7:10 p.m. ET)
Trend: Play against Boston using the money line in home games. The Red Sox are 42-57 (-30.85 units) over the last two seasons.
While this trend looks impressive, the Red Sox improved to 8-9 at Fenway Park in 2015 with Tuesday night’s victory. Be careful with some two-year MLB trends because things can change a lot from one season to another. Phil Klein goes up against Joe Kelly on Wednesday and the Red Sox are as big as a -180 favorite at some books.
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